Frequently Asked Questions

Pre-Race FAQ      Race Day FAQ      Corporate FAQ      2K Specific FAQ

5K, 10K, & Half Marathon Pre-Race

1. Existing  Participant Race Distance Change

We have added the ability for our existing registrants to make a race distance change.  The link to do this is below.  You will be charged a $10 change fee and any upgrade fees if applicable: Existing Participant Race Distance Change link - Click Here

2. Where can I park on Friday during race number Pickup?

Get in Gear will absorb the cost of parking in the park on Friday, April 28, for people picking up their race numbers. Two parking lots on the north side of the Pavilion (approximately 250 parking spots) are “free” to our participants beginning at Noon. Please note that parking is NOT allowed in the bus circle and that the parking spots adjacent to the Pavilion (west side and on Old Minnehaha) are not part of the paid parking for the day.

 3. Can I pick up race numbers for someone else?

Yes. You can pick up a race numbers for someone else. You need the person’s name and address to ensure against distribution of incorrect race numbers. No additional ID is required.

4. Can I pick up my race numbers on Saturday morning?

Yes, but we strongly encourage you to pick up your race numbers and t-shirt on Friday to avoid long lines on Saturday morning before the events.

Saturday morning race numbers pick-up will begin at 7:00am Please prepare to be on-site one hour before your race starts to pick up your race numbers and prepare for the race.  There may be long lines and the races will start on time.

All corporate participants will pick up their race numbers individually and meet at their designated signage behind the Pavilion near the waterfalls on race day morning.  Look for company name in alphabetical order.

5. What if I forgot my race number?

You will need to go to the Trouble Table located in the T-Shirt Pickup Tent to be assigned a new race number. All changes in timing and scoring need to be documented by 8:00am on race day.

6. What if I receive the wrong race number?

Please go to the Trouble Table located in the T-Shirt Pickup Tent to return the incorrect race number and someone will assist you in locating the correct race number.

7. Can I pick up my t-shirt before the race?

T-shirts can be picked up on Friday along with your race numbers. They can also be picked up before or after the events on race day at the T-shirt Pickup Tent. Sizes are small-medium-large-xl and if ordered in advance you are able to get xxl or xxxl for an additional small fee.

8. Where can I drop off a food donation for Second Harvest Heartland?

Food donations can be dropped off on Friday, April 28, from Noon – 8:00pm at the Minnehaha Park Pavilion during Last Day Registration and race number Pickup and on Saturday, April 29, during the event. The Second Harvest Heartland food truck and staff will be on-site to collect all food items. 

9. Can I contribute money in lieu of a food donation?

You can contribute money when you register for the Get in Gear. If registering online, indicate amount to be donated. That amount will be added to your registration and the total will be charged on your credit card.

If registering by mail, in-store, or at last day registration, indicate amount on registration form and add this amount to your registration fee. Please write your check for this total amount. 

Participants can also donate money during race numbers pick-up and also on race morning.  Second Harvest Heartland staff will be on hand on Friday and Saturday to answer any questions you may have regarding our partnership and mission to fight child hunger.

10. Where do I park on Saturday race day?

Get in Gear provides a park-and-ride shuttle service from the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) from 7:00am start to 12:30pm finish. The distance between the VAMC and Minnehaha Park is one mile.  Plan to jog or walk as an alternative option. The Metro Transit Light Rail is also an option.

For more information regarding parking, please visit the race info page. There is no parking available in the park (with exception of executive committee and sponsors on a very limited basis and by permit only).

11. Can anyone use the VAMC park-and-ride shuttle?

Family and friends can use this shuttle also as long as they are aware of the shuttle time period.

12. Can anyone park inside the park?

There is NO PARKING allowed at Minnehaha Park on Saturday's event morning. Vehicles are subject to being ticketed if parked in a "no parking area."

13. What time do the races start?

10K & Half-Marathon: 9:00am
 
(Note: Three hour limit. Roads open to public at Noon.)
5K: 9:20am

14. Where do Corporate Challenge team members meet?

Corporate Challenge team members will meet along the rock wall on the south side of the Minnehaha Park Pavilion. There will be signs posted on this wall with the name of each corporation participating.  The signs are posted in alphabetical order of name of team.

All corporate participants will pick up their race numbers individually and meet at their designated signage behind the Pavilion near the waterfalls on race day morning.  Look for company name in alphabetical order.

 

2K ONLY

2K will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017, at 6:00 pm.

2K Registration Fees:

- $15.00 registration fee. Same day (Friday, April 28) registration fee is $20.00

- $10.00 registration fee – when parent same family is registered in either GIG 5K/10K/HM event Saturday;
(code issued in confirmation e-mail to all registered for the 5K/10K/HM events with registration instructions)

- $00.00 registration fee – any child under 6 – still must fill out registration form and waiver.

- $ 5.00 registration fee – for any parent that wants to be on the course as an assist for their child.  Registration form required and check-in required to receive the “parent assist” ID to identify them as an “assist” to not receive medal or shirt.

NOTE: No one is allowed on the 2K fun run course that has not registered in one of the listed forms.  All persons on the course will either have a race race number or have an assist ID. 

GIG 2015 2K Registration Process

Any age child participating in the 2K Fun Run Friday, April 28, needs to be registered to be allowed on the 2K course. This applies to a parent and/or guardian who will be participating with their child in the 2K as well.

If your child is 6 and Above, go to GetMeRegistered and select: 2K Fun Run – Ages 6 & Up

If you will be participating in the 2K with this child, you will need to register yourself using the same registration process.

It is FREE to register a child under 6. Go to GetMeRegistered and select 2K Fun Run – Ages Under 6. A parent or guardian participating with this child will be considered a “Parent Assist”. There will be a $5.00 registration fee for a Parent Assist which will be collected during registration of your child under 6 years old. If both parents will be assisting, it will be $5.00 per parent.

1. What day and time does the 2K start?

2K will be held on Friday, April, 28, at 6:00 pm.

2. Can I run the 2K Fun Run with my child?

Yes. You will need to register yourself and your child online under the 2K Fun Run 6 & Above registration option.

3. Can I run the 2K Fun Run with my child if I am running an event on Saturday?

Yes. You will need to register yourself and your child online under the 2K Fun Run 6 & Above registration option.

If you are registered for an event on Saturday, you will receive a discount code in your confirmation email to register your child for the 2K Fun Run at a $5 discount along with instructions on how to register your child using the discount code.  This $5 discount applies through Thursday, April 27, only. It is not applicable on Friday, April 28.

4. Where can I park on Friday?

Get in Gear will absorb the cost of parking in the park on Friday, April 28. Parking on Friday is free of charge in only the 3 parking lots that are located on Godfrey Parkway between Minnehaha Avenue and 46th Ave. There are over 300 parking spots available. If you park in other metered parking areas on that day without paying you will be ticketed.

5. Can I pick up a race numbers for someone else?

Yes. You can pick up race numbers for someone else. You need the person’s name and address to ensure against distribution of incorrect race numbers. No additional ID is required.

7. Where do I line up?

You will line up behind the designated start line for your race.  The 2K start/finish is near the Bridge.

8. Are strollers allowed on the course?

Strollers are not allowed on our 10K, 2K, or Half Marathon races. However strollers can be in our 5K provided the stroller can reach the finish line within the time limit of that race. If you are interested in running with a stroller you are required to submit a stroller registration and waiver form. For more information on obtaining a stroller waiver please click here.

9. Where can I drop off a food donation for Second Harvest Heartland?

Food donations can be dropped off on Friday, April 28, from Noon – 8:00pm at the Minnehaha Park Pavilion during Last Day Registration and race number Pickup and on Saturday, April 29, during the event. The Second Harvest Heartland food truck and staff will be on-site to collect all food items. 

10. Can I contribute money in lieu of a food donation?

You can contribute money when you register for the Get in Gear. If registering online, indicate amount to be donated. That amount will be added to your registration and the total will be charged on your credit card.

If registering by mail, in-store, or at last day registration, indicate amount on registration form and add this amount to your registration fee. Please write your check for this total amount. 

Participants can also donate money on race day.  Second Harvest Heartland staff will be on hand on Friday to answer any questions you may have regarding our partnership and mission to fight child hunger.

If you're not running, but wish to contribute to Second Harvest Heartland, please CLICK HERE.

 

Race Day  - 5K, 10K, & Half Marathon

1. What time do the races start?

10K & Half-Marathon: 9:00am
 
(Note: Three hour limit. Roads open to public at Noon.)
5K: 9:20am

2. Is there a course map for each race?

There are course maps available for each race. See the race info page and click on your particular race link. There will be large course maps posted at the Pavilion and Information Tent for participant’s viewing as well.

3. What if I want to switch the race I am participating in?

To switch the race on race day, you will need to visit the Trouble Table located in the T-Shirt Pickup Tent before the start of the race.

There will be a $8.00 transfer fee for switching events. Transfer fees are paid with cash or check on race day.

All changes in timing and scoring need to be documented by 8:00am on race day.

4. What if I forgot my race number or chip?

You will need to go to the Trouble Table located in the T-Shirt Pickup Tent to be assigned a new race number and/or chip. All changes in timing and scoring need to be documented by 8:00am on race day.

5. What if I receive the wrong race number?

Please go to the Trouble Table located in the T-Shirt Pickup Tent to return the incorrect race number and someone will assist you in locating the correct race number.

6. Can I pick up my t-shirt before the race?

T-shirts can be picked up either before or after your race begins.  The t-shirt tent will be ready to distribute t-shirts beginning at 7:30am throughout the morning.

7. Where are the bathrooms located?

There will be portable bathrooms located near the 10K, 5K and Half Marathon start line. You can also use the Minnehaha Park Pavilion bathrooms.  A handicapped portable bathroom will be available near the start/finish of the 10K and Half Marathon.

8. Will there be water available before and after the race?

There will be water and cups set up on tables in the park for the start of all races.  Additionally there will be bottled water available at the post-race food area and this will be distributed to all participants of the 2K, 5K, 10K and Half Marathon events.

9. Is there a bag/clothing drop-off?

Signage for the drop bag location will be visible on race morning and volunteers ready to navigate you.  Our Information Tent also has grounds layout information if needed. 

We will have bags available to place your belongings and identify by name and/or bib number from 6:30-9:00a.m.  If you bring a bag it may be subject to brief inspection but it is preferred you use our drop bags.  Please – no large duffle bags.

The drop bags are meant to hold light belongings and non-valuable items.  We have not had theft issues but we do not recommend highly valuable items are left in your bags that we cannot be responsible for.

10. Where can I get medical attention?

A first aid tent will be located near the start/finish line of the 5K, 10K and Half Marathon for your convenience.  Medical attention will be determined and administered by the medical staff in the first aid tent.

11. Is there a lost and found?

Lost and/or found items are generally brought to the Information Booth located on the north side of the Minnehaha Park Pavilion.  If something is lost you may check with the Get in Gear office within 2 weeks of the race to see if there are unclaimed items.  All items unclaimed after two weeks are given to Goodwill.

12. Are there showers available after the race?

LifeTime Fitness-Highland Park will offer showers to those participants that show their race number after the race.  You will be asked to fill out a short form for record-keeping purposes.

13. Where do Corporate Challenge team members meet?

Corporate Challenge team members will meet along the rock wall on the south side of the Minnehaha Park Pavilion. There will be signs posted on this wall with the name of each corporation participating and in alphabetical order.  You will meet with your team members near your corporation’s designated sign.

14. Where do I line up?

You will line up behind the designated start line for your race.  The 2K start/finish is near the Bridge and the 5K start is in the same area.  The 10K and Half Marathon start is located further back (west).  The 10K, 5K and Half Marathon finish line are the same.  

Elite runners (those with bibs numbered 1-99) line up at the front with other participants lining up behind them for the 10K. 

The 5K is on your honor for the front line.

Slower runners and walkers line up towards the back. Strollers are only allowed in the 5K. Though strollers/joggers are allowed on the 5K course, the road closure timeline is still enforced.

15. Are there mile markers on the courses?

There are mile marker signs posted at each mile on the 10K, 5K and Half Marathon courses.

16. Are results going to be available?

Unofficial results will be posted outside the Minnehaha Park Pavilion as soon as the top results are complete.  Results will be posted at www.getingearevents.com by 5:00pm.  For up to two weeks results will be modified as needed and posted as official on our website.

17. Is there an award ceremony?

We will stage an award acknowledgement ceremony for our top 3 male and female finishers of our 10K, the top male/female of our Half Marathon and the top male/female of our 5K on our podium near the start/finish line area.  All prize money and age group awards will be sent out separately once our results are made official.  Awards are sent out from our office within a two week period in mid-May and can be expected to be received by the end of May.

18. How do award winners receive their awards?

Awards will be mailed to the 10K, 5K and Half Marathon award winners within 2 weeks after the event.

19. What do I do with my tear-off tag?

A tear-off tag is not needed for timing and scoring.

20. How do I attach my timing bib number?

The race will be timed by Mtech using the MYLAPS BibTag timing system. The BibTag system is a revolutionary new technology introduced by MYLAPS Sports Timing, formerly known as ChampionChip.

The BibTag is a disposable timing chip in the form of a sticker that comes attached to your Bib.

Please follow these instructions when attaching the Bib:

- Do not fold or crumple the Bib

- Do not remove the foam

- Attach the Bib using pins on all four corners

- Position the Bib correctly on your chest: visible and on top of your clothing

21. What time does the last bus leave?

The last shuttle bus back to the VAMC will leave Minnehaha Park at approximately 12:25p.m.

22. Are there water stops on the course?

All of the races have water available at the start and finish.

Water stops on the course as follows:
- 10K at the half way point (approximately 3 miles).
- Half Marathon has total of 5 stops.
- 2K no water stop on the course.
- 5K no water stop on the course.

If additional water is needed, please carry water bottle to refill at the water stops.

23. Can I wear headphones?

Get in Gear discourages the use of headphones during the road races, but will not be enforcing otherwise. If you choose to listen to portable sound, you are advised to be able to hear your surroundings for safety purposes. Please see USATF amends headphone rule

24. Are dogs allowed on the course?

Pets of any kind are not allowed on the race course from 8:00a.m. until Noon when the roads are re-opened for traffic and the race is no longer functioning. The permit and insurance for the Get in Gear events does not provide for dogs on the race course.

25. Are strollers allowed on the course?

Strollers are not allowed on our 10K, 2K, or Half Marathon races. However strollers can be in our 5K provided the stroller can reach the finish line within the time limit of that race. If you are interested in running with a stroller you are required to submit a stroller registration and waiver form. For more information on obtaining a stroller waiver please click here.

 

Corporate

Get in Gear events and Second Harvest Heartland have partnered to offer corporations the ability to blend both the components of wellness awareness and fund raising awareness.  Start a Get in Gear Team... and help provide food for hungry neighbors - Visit the Second Harvest Heartland website.

1. Is there a minimum number of people needed per team?

There is no specific team size per corporation. However, in order to compete for corporate awards, a team must have a minimum of 5 people registered with their respective Corporate Challenge team. 

2. Is there an additional fee?

There are no additional fees for corporations or individuals signing up for a Corporate Challenge team.

3. Is there a discount?

There are no discounts for corporations or individuals signing up for a Corporate Challenge team.

4. What is the benefit to signing up as a Corporate Challenge team?

Being a Corporate Challenge team with the Get in Gear provides opportunity for corporate competition within a fun and low-cost arena.

Corporate Challenge teams are tabulated in the results as a whole and additionally tabulated as Corporate Only results.  Awards are given to the overall award winners and additionally to the Corporate age group winners.  See our website for specific information on awards given.

Corporate Challenge teams meet in a designated area of the park (next to the Water Falls) marked by their team name in alphabetical order. 

5. Can family members and friends sign up through my Corporate Challenge team?

Family members can register under your Corporate Challenge team if they are an employee of the company; otherwise, they will need to sign up online through individual registration. All family members (corporate or individual registration) can run the race with you and your Corporate Challenge team.

Family members that are not employees of the company are not eligible for corporate awards.

6. Can any event be part of the Corporate Challenge team entry?

The 10K, 5K and Half Marathon can be a part of the Corporate Challenge team entry.

7. If there are 10K and 5K participants for a corporation, does there need to be separate teams?

You only need one Corporate Challenge team. When individuals register online, they need to specify which race they are participating in and the results will reflect each event’s corporate competition.

8. Where is race number pickup?

You can pick up your race race numbers at the Pavilion on Friday from 12:00 noon to 8:00pm or Saturday morning at the t-shirt tent beginning at 7:00am.  Please prepare to be on-site one hour before your race starts to pick up your race numbers and prepare for the race.  There may be long lines and the races will start on time.

2K Fun Run participants: 2K race numbers are to be picked up individually Friday, April 28, in the Minnehaha Pavilion from noon until 5:30 pm. 2K Fun Run will start at 6:00 PM

Parking on Friday is free of charge in only the 3 parking lots that are located on Godfrey Parkway between Minnehaha Avenue and 46th Ave. There are over 300 parking spots available. If you park in other metered parking areas on that day without paying you will be ticketed.

All corporate participants will pick up their race numbers individually and meet at their designated signage behind the Pavilion near the waterfalls on race day morning.  Look for company name in alphabetical order.

9. Can race numbers for family members and friends be picked up on Saturday?

Race numbers for people registered through Corporate Challenge teams can be picked up on Saturday by going to the Corporate Challenge team race number Pickup Line in the T-shirt Pickup Tent.

10. Where do Corporate Challenge team members meet?

Corporate Challenge team members will meet along the rock wall on the south side of the Minnehaha Park Pavilion. There will be signs posted on this wall with the name of each corporation participating. You will meet with your team members near your corporation’s designated sign.

11. Where do I go for my team photo?

Team photos are no longer supplied by the Get in Gear professional photographer and we ask that corporate photos be submitted via e-mail to the Get in Gear office (giginfo@getingearevents.com). We will post your Corporate Challenge team photos as part of our photo gallery for the year.